Photographer Shoots Formula 1 With 104-Year-Old Camera, And This is The Result!

The results are eerie, like images frozen in a time long gone.

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If ever there was a sport that required high speed photography, F1 racing is definitely it. This is what makes Joshua Paul's work unique and fascinating. Instead of using top-of-the-range modern cameras to capture the fast-paced sport, Paul takes his shots using a 104-year-old Graflex 4×5 view camera, and the results are incredible.

Paul began doing professional photography back in 1997 after graduating from an art college in Pasadena, California. After shooting for magazines as a travel and adventure photographer, and after shooting other projects with his 100-year-old Graflex camera, Paul got his first taste of shooting F1 racing at the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix. He’s on his 5th season of F1 now, and has since launched his New York-based magazine, Lollipop, to document race weekends.

Paul says he was inspired to cover F1 with his ancient camera after seeing 1969 magazine with photos of the Indy 500 that year. The photographer had intentionally captured the race blurry and out of focus.

“Most F1 images are shot for news or big stock agencies,” Paul tells GP Traveler magazine in their March 2017 issue. “There are only a few people taking beautifully expressive and timeless images in Formula 1, mostly because there is no lucrative market for it.”

Joshua Paul clearly has an incredible eye for detail, because unlike modern cameras that can take as many as 20 frames per second, the 1913 Graflex can only take 20 pictures TOTAL.

This means that every shot he takes has to be carefully thought about first, as there are no second chances like with digital photography.

If it weren't for the modern subjects in the images, one could be forgiven to think these were long lost negatives taken from a camera used at a motor race from an age long gone by.

These images were shot by Joshua Paul for Lollipop Magazine.

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